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ACSC win big against Tri-Cities Otters

By Aubrie Holcomb , 06/02/22, 11:45AM HST


June 1 game vs. the Tri-Cities Otters in a race for USL Leave Two South Central Division points-per-game lead.

Goalkeeper Ryan Bilichuk directs traffic Wednesday, June 1, against the Tri-City Otters. Photo credit: Seth Maile

Goalkeeper Ryan Bilichuk directs traffic Wednesday, June 1, against the Tri-City Otters. Photo credit: Seth Maile

Asheville City Soccer Club’s men’s team claimed a 2-0 victory against the Tri-Cities Otters in Johnson City, TN, Wednesday night, leaving the Blues as the only undefeated team in the South Central Division with a 3-0-1 record. 

From the beginning of the game, the Blues maintained a steady possession of the ball, with the defense making it difficult for the Otters to get in scoring position. 

In the 33rd minute, Finn Ballard-McBride suffered a hamstring injury making him unable to continue in the game. Ballard-McBride was replaced by Luca Erhardt.

After some back and forth between teams, USL2 top prospect Kemy Amiche scored in the 42nd minute. This marks Amiche’s second goal of the season, tying with Erhardt for leading goal scorer. 

“I was glad to be here with this team, I scored today and it was good for the team. So, I was so happy to start the day with a goal, and to win,” Amiche said.

At halftime with the score 1-0, the Blues looked to expand their lead. After a yellow card for both teams in the 52nd and 57th minutes ACSC made their first changes of the second half. Oskar Lenz entered the match for Quezi Huerman and Josiah Blanton entered for Lucas Gonzalez. 

At the 65th minute mark, the Otters just missed a chance for a goal, hitting the side net. Although the crowd went wild, the goal was no good, keeping the score at 1-0 Blues. 

In the 80th minute, the Blues made their final changes with Conor Behan, Mason Cookus and Aidan O’Brien entering. 

Just five minutes later Luca Erhardt made his second goal of the season with an assist from Oskar Lenz. The Blues kept their 2-0 lead to secure a huge away win. 

“It feels unbelievable to be undefeated,” head coach Scott Wells said. “This league is so hard and you just never know what the score is going to be.”

Next up for the boys in blue is another away game on Saturday June 4 against sixth ranked Peachtree City MOBA. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m. 

“We are not taking Peachtree City lightly, we are going into that match like any other game,” Wells said.

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